Explosive testimony exposes GOP lawmakers as Jan. 6 investigation provides evidence of a ‘political coup’

It was bomb after bomb during the hearing, led by committee member and Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

But it may have been the filing from former White House White House counsel Eric Hirschman that best placed the finer points of Trump and Clark’s maneuvering to get the Justice Department to throw its full weight behind what committee chair Penny Thompson called a “political coup” on Thursday. .

When Clarke went to Hirschman and revealed his plan — setting himself up as attorney general so he could send letters to swing state legislatures informing them that the department had found evidence of fraud — Hirschman noted:

“Well said,…Fucking the pit…Congratulations. You just admitted your first step or action you are going to take because the attorney general will commit a felony in violation of Rule 6(c).”

“You’re clearly the right candidate for this job,” Hirschman sarcastically added to Clark.

Incidentally, Clark had his Virginia home searched by authorities from the Department of Justice early Thursday morning. According to Russell Vogt, a former Trump administration official, Clarke was dragged into the street in his pajamas while his electronic devices were seized by law enforcement. ABC News was the first to report on the development.

Although a White House attorney told Clarke that he would commit a felony if he carried out his plan and Rosen’s predecessor, Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly told Trump that allegations of widespread voter fraud were unfounded, and Rosen, Donoghue and Engel described a growing case of fraud. A desperate president clinging to fading power.

Rosen, Donoghue and Engel remained largely focused on the calls and meetings that unfolded at the White House from mid-December through January 6.

But the Jan. 3 meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was a hit or a miss.

Rosen said Trump called him “nearly every day” until January 3 and would complain directly that the Justice Department had not done enough to look into the fraud. Trump has proposed appointing a special counsel to investigate wild conspiracy theories already debunked by the country’s intelligence community and the Department of Justice. Trump asked Rosen to hold press conferences and release statements anyway.

Video testimony from Trump’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, shown Thursday, confirmed this as she told investigators that Trump directly asked her to take on the role of special counsel. After Barr and Rosen declined to hire one.

Donoghue said he tried to explain to Trump that only states can hold their own elections and that the Justice Department is not his “quality watch.” But the message didn’t get through, no matter how systematic the Justice Department leader’s descriptions were.

“The Department of Justice denied all of these requests because we did not believe they were appropriate based on the facts and laws as we understood them,” Rosen testified.

By the time he took January 3, much had already developed, some behind Rosen’s back and against his advice to Clark. Rosen cautioned him not to meet with members of the White House outside of appropriate protocols dictated by both the Justice Department and White House policy.

White House visitor records Thursday showed that Clark was taken to the White House to meet Trump on December 20 by Trump’s ally in election fraud theory, Perry.

And text messages sent by Perry to Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, showed he was eager to elevate Clarke’s role at the Justice Department.

“Mark, just checking in with the time counting down. 11 days to 1/6 and 25 days to inauguration,” Berry wrote on December 26.

Two days later, Clark shows Rosen and Donoghue the letter he wants them to accept. When Donoghue looked at it, he said on Thursday, it was “too severe” that he couldn’t wrap his head around it at first.

Draft letter from… was rejected by Daily Kos

“The person who drafted this lawsuit didn’t really understand the law, or how the Supreme Court or the Department of Justice works,” Engel said of Clark’s letter.

Rosen Clark warned that his plan amounted to Justice Department interference in the election of a President of the United States.

Twenty-four hours before meeting on January 3 at the Oval, Donoghue, Rosen, and Clark clashed again. Trump had just asked Donoghue on New Year’s Eve to confiscate voting machines. Meadows was firing emails, trying to lure Clark up and up the chain of command.

Tensions escalated further when Clark told Rosen that he was about to take his place. At Trump’s request.

Rosen gathered his most trusted officials to prepare for a meeting with Trump. On Thursday, he testified that he would not be fired by his subordinate.

After speaking to a group of the department’s attorneys general who vowed to resign if Trump agrees to Clark’s inauguration plan, Rosen, Donoghue and Engel are finally ready.

At the January 3 meeting, they told the 45th president in no uncertain terms that Clark had no experience conducting criminal investigations and that, in Donoghue’s words, “impossible”, “ridiculous” and bound to fail if Trump continues to do so. He. She.

Donoghue said that Clark in front of everyone in the room was “incompetent” and if Trump insists on replacing Rosen, there will be mass resignations and no one will pay attention to his allegations of fraud.

Instead, Donoghue notes, all anyone might think is how Trump “goes through two vice generals in two weeks” until they find everything they can sign on Clarke’s letter to state legislatures demanding the appointment of fake voters and a fraud investigation.

White House attorney Pat Cipollone attended. The letter was called the “Murder and Suicide Pact”.

With embarrassing air filling the room, Trump relented. in part.

What are they going to do with Clark if he doesn’t replace Rosen? Will Donoghue fire him?

Donoghue made it clear to Trump that he had no power since Clark was confirmed in the Senate. It should be Trump’s call.

Trump did not fire Clark.

Donoghue, Engel and Rosen did not speak to Trump on January 6.

On January 11, 2021, less than a week after the insurgency was suppressed and the Capitol Building found itself standing, though battered and recently flooded by the National Guard and the security fence, Representative Moe Brooks set off from Alabama to work.

Brooks was seeking pardons for himself and other members of Congress who helped fuel Trump’s lies about election fraud. He was preemptive for all House and Senate members who voted to reject the Electoral College’s testimony to Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

John McEntee, Trump’s former chief of staff, testified before the committee that Trump had hinted at a “mass amnesty for the January 6 order.”

Brooks’ email request – subject line “pardon” – one for Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida. Gates was under investigation by the administration for paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl at the time although this information had not yet been made public when Brooks sent the request.

Meadows aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified that others, such as Representative Perry, Louis Gommert of Texas, and Andy Biggs of Arizona also asked for pardon. Hutchinson, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, inquired about one to the White House counsel’s office.

Kinzinger commented Thursday: “The only reason I know for asking for pardon is because you think you committed a crime.”

Lawmakers issued a swift denial, with Brooks claiming that he only asked for the pardon because he feared a severely punitive “Social Democrat” majority in the impeachment of Trump allies.

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